Review MEIKE 7.5mm F1: 2.8 FISH-EYE

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MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

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  1. In short
  2. All MEIKE lenses
  3. Main Specifications
  4. Assembly
  5. Focusing
  6. Image quality
  7. Sample Photos
  8. My experience
  9. All Sony APS-C E cameras
  10. All original lenses for Sony APS-C E
  11. Price
  12. Video review
  13. Results
  14. User Comments
  15. Add your review or question on the lens

Please note that the MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE lens is available with different mounts. This review shows the MEIKE 7.5mm F1: 2.8 FISH-EYE version for mirrorless cameras Sony E with APS-C sensor (for cropped cameras). At the same time, MEIKE 7.5mm F1: 2.8 FISH-EYE is also available with mounts Fujifilm x, Canon EF-M, Nikon Z и Micro 4 / 3.

In this review, I will abbreviate the MEIKE 7.5mm F1: 2.8 FISH-EYE lens Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish Eye.

because of martial law in Ukraine this review helped me prepare Anna Anuttara.

Appearance photos are taken from the official website Meike. View of the lens from the review can be viewed in Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye video review.

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

In short

Meike 7.5 / 2.8 Fish-Eye is a modern manual fisheye (i.e. fisheye) for cropped mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor or less.

The optical lens is good.

Meike 7.5 / 2.8 Fish-Eye is interesting for its low price, compact size, all-metal body and a sharp picture across the entire field of the frame already at F / 2.8.

Of the shortcomings, in the first place, glare in the backlight can be distinguished, however, the vast majority of similar lenses suffer from this.

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

All Meike Photo Lenses:

For APS-C/MFT, manual focus only:

  1. 3.5mm 1: 2.8 Circular Fisheye [only M4 / 3]
  2. 6.5mm 1: 2 Circular Fisheye [E, Z, X, EF-M, M4 / 3, N1]
  3. 7.5mm 1:2.8 Fisheye (overview) [E, Z, X, EF-M, M4/3]
  4. 8mm 1: 3.5 FISH-EYE CS [E, Z + F, EF]
  5. 8mm 1: 2.8 [only M4 / 3]
  6. 10mm 1: 2 [E, Z, X, EF-M, M4/3]
  7. 12mm 1:2(overview) [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  8. 12mm 1: 2.8 [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  9. 25mm 1: 2 [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  10. 25mm 1:1.8(overview) [E, X, EF-M, Z, M4 / 3, N1]
  11. 25mm 1:0.95 [E, X, EF-M, RF-S, M4/3]
  12. 25mm 1:0.95 [IS]
  13. 28mm 1:2.8(overview) [E, X, EF-M, M4/3, N1]
  14. 33mm 1:1.4 AF STM (ali) [Z, X, E, autofocus]
  15. 35mm 1:1.7(overview) [E, X, EF-M, Z, M4 / 3, N1]
  16. 35mm 1:1.4(overview)  [E, X, EF-M, Z, M4 / 3, N1]
  17. 35mm 1:0.95 (overview)  [E, X, EF-M, RF-S, M4/3]
  18. 50mm 1: 2 [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  19. 50mm 1:0.95 (overview) [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  20. 55mm 1:1.4 AF STM [X, E, Z, autofocus]
  21. 60mm 1:2.8 MACRO (overview) [E, X, Z, EF-M, RF-S, M4/3]
  22. 6-11mm 1: 3.5 Fisheye [EF / EF-S and F + E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]

Full frame (also suitable for crop):

  1. 8mm 1: 3.5 Fisheye [F and EF / EF-S + E / FE, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  2. 35mm 1:2 [Z, E/FE, autofocus, 2024, announcement expected]
  3. 50mm 1: 1.8 [Z, E/FE, autofocus2024]
  4. 50mm 1: 1.7 [Z, E/FE, RF, L + X]
  5. 50mm 1:1.2 [Z, FE, RF, EF, L]
  6. 85mm 1: 2.8 Macro [F and EF / EF-S + Z, E / FE, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  7. 85mm 1: 1.8 [for Sony E, manual]
  8. 85mm 1:1.8 AF STM (overview) [for Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, FujiFilm X, autofocus2022]
  9. 85mm 1:1.8AF (overview) [only for Nikon F, autofocus2020]
  10. 85mm 1:1.8AF (overview) [only for Canon EF, autofocus2018]
  11. 85mm 1:1.4 AF [for Sony E, Nikon Z, autofocus2023]

Video Lenses:

  1. 12mm T/2.2 [M4/3]
  2. 16mm T/2.2 [E, X, M4/3]
  3. 25mm T/2.2 [E, X, M4/3]
  4. 35mm T/2.2 [E, X, M4/3]
  5. 35mm T/2.1 [PL, RF, EF, L, E] Full Frame
  6. 50mm T/2.2 [E, X, M4/3]
  7. 50mm T / 2.1 [PL, RF, EF, L, E] Full Frame
  8. 65mm T/2.2 [E, X, M4/3]
  9. 85mm T/2.2 [E, X, M4/3]

Mounts:

  1. E: Sony E, APS-C, mirrorless
  2. FE: Fony FE, Full Frame, Mirrorless
  3. X: Fujifilm X, APS-C, mirrorless
  4. Ef-m: Canon EF-M, APS-C, mirrorless
  5. RF-S: Canon RF-S, APS-C, mirrorless
  6. Ef-s: Canon EF-S, APS-C, SLR
  7. M4 / 3: Micro 4/3, Kf = 2.0, mirrorless
  8. N1: Nikon 1, Kf = 2.7, mirrorless
  9. F: Nikon F, Full Frame or APS-C, SLR
  10. Z: Nikon Z, Full Frame or APS-C, mirrorless
  11. EF: Canon EF, Full Frame, SLR
  12. RF: Canon RF, Full Frame, Mirrorless

Meike lenses can be found in the official Meike store on Aliexpress.

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

Main technical characteristics of MEIKE 7.5mm F1: 2.8 FISH-EYE

Review Instance Name Body: 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

On lids: MEIKE

Mount side 'E Mount' + serial number

Basic properties
  • FISH-EYE - fisheye lens with uncorrected distortion and wide viewing angle
  • The lens uses a Sony E mount and is suitable for Sony mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor
  • Manual focus only
  • Metal mount, metal body
  • Built-in metal hood
Front Filter Diameter do not support
Focal length 7.5 mm

Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by Option from the review for cropped mirrorless Sony cameras.

This lens exists with mounts:

Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Tags
  • bayonet mount mark
  • focus distance scale in meters and feet
  • aperture scale
Diaphragm from F / 2.8 to F / 22, controlled using the aperture control ring. There are marks for f/2.8, 3.2 (dot only), 3.5 (dot only), 4, 5.6, 8, 11 (dot only), 16. The ring rotates with clicks.
MDF 0.15 meters, maximum magnification ratio approx. 1:11
The weight
  • 260 grams (according to official figures)
Optical design 11 elements in 9 groups, circuit diagram not found. Most likely exactly the same as 7Artisans 7.5mm F/2.8 Fish-Eye II.
Lens hood metal, built-in
Manufacturer country Made in China (on the lens itself MADE IN CHINA)
Period Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye lens was introduced 23 May 2022 years
Price

I assume Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye is a replica 7Artisans 7.5mm 1:2.8 FISH-EYE MARK II (2021). The lenses have identical characteristics and appearance.

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

Assembly

In general, the lens well assembled. Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye has bayonet mount metal and the lens case itself is completely made of metal.

The weight of the Meike 7.5 / 2.8 Fish-Eye lens itself is just under 300 grams. In the hands of the lens feels like a solid thing.

The Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye itself is quite compact, well suited for small Sony cameras with an APS-C sensor.

The front cover is metal, without latches. The lid is just tightly attached on the lens body. On the inside, the lid has fabric seal. Lid slides off on its own it can be easily lost.

The diaphragm consists of seven petals and forms a round hole in the range F / 2.8-F / 4. At values ​​from F / 5.6 to F / 22, the aperture hole has the shape of a regular heptagon. The diaphragm can only be controlled manually using a special ring. Aperture ring rotates with clicks and fixed values.

It's important: The aperture control ring is quite narrow and is very close to the camera mount.

Important: the lens does not support classic filters, which are screwed into the thread near the front lens.

The Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye has a fixed hard-fitting metal hood.

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

Focusing

The focusing ring is quite wide, metal, with small notched ribs. The ring spins on 90 degrees (about 1/4 of a full turn). Focusing is smooth and pleasant.

During focusing, the front lens rides forward (it is the lens, not the lens trunk, the lens is surrounded by fixed hood blades). During focusing, the entire lens unit moves.

There is a scale on the ring with focusing distance in meters and feet.

The closest focusing distance is only 15 centimeters and the maximum zoom ratio is approximately 1: 11.

Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye has a slight 'Focus Breathing' effect (viewing angle changes while focusing). During focusing towards the MDF, the viewing angle decreases.

Focus Shift (shift focus, changing the focus distance due to iris) is missing.

Important: Focus peaking with Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye on the Sony NEX F3 camera works well.

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

Image quality

Optically Meike 7.5 / 2.8 Fish-Eye is good.

Sharpness

  1. at F / 2.8 in the center of the frame, the lens easily copes with the 16 MP APS-C EXMOR HD CMOS sensor Sony NEX F3, the resolution can be called high
  2. there is a slight drop in sharpness in the far corners of the frame, but even at f / 2.8 there are no problems in the corners and edges of the image
  3. at covered aperture values, the lens is simply gorgeous across the entire field of the frame

Distortion

  1. this is a fisheye, uncorrected strong barrel distortion is the main feature of the lens here

Vignetting

  1. vignetting fixed well
  2. vignetting is significantly reduced when the aperture is closed down to f / 4-5.6
  3. vignetting decreases during focusing towards MDF

Aberration

  1. low chromatic aberration
  2. the strongest chromatic aberration visible around the periphery of the frame
  3. chromatic aberration in the corners of the frame are slightly reduced when apertured

Rest

  1. from bright light sources in some situations, you can get a large amount of glare in the backlight
  2. the effect of a 14-beam star is quite simple to get
  3. on heavily covered apertures, blur discs have the shape of a heptagon

Important: At the time of writing this review, there was no Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye profile for popular RAW converters. You can create a profile yourself or wait for its release.

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

MEIKE 7.5mm F1:2.8 FISH-EYE

Sample Photos

Photos for this review helped me prepare Anna Anuttara. All photos in the review are shown without processing. Sony NEX F3 camera (16 MP Sony Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor) was used.

Original images in JPEG ('.JPG', 40+ files) view / download from this link (Google Drive).

Alternatives

Alternatives for the Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye are other fisheyes originally designed to work with mirrorless APS-C/MFT cameras:

  1. 7Artisans 7.5mm 1: 2.8
  2. 7Artisans 7.5mm 1: 2.8 II
  3. Samyang 8mm 1: 2.8 II
  4. Samyang 8mm 1: 2.8
  5. Laowa 4mm 1: 2.8
  6. KamLan 8mm 1: 3
  7. Meike 6.5mm 1: 2
  8. Viltrox 7.5mm 1: 2.8 | Brighin Star 7.5mm 1: 2.8 | ANDOER 7.5mm 1: 2.8 | PERGEAR 7.5mm 1: 2.8 | RISESPRAY 7.5mm 1: 2.8  | Newyi 7.5mm 1: 2.8 | Lightdow 7.5mm 1: 2.8

All lenses in the last paragraph are most likely completely identical to each other. Also, many 8 / 2.8 and 8 / 3.5 class fish exist for SLR cameras that can be easily adapted to work on mirrorless cameras, some of these lenses immediately come with mounts for mirrorless cameras.


All Sony E-mount cameras with APS-C sensor


All Sony E lenses for APS-C

Fix Lenses:

  1. Sony 11 mm f/1.8 (announcement) [2022, black, BHphotovideo]
  2. Sony 15 mm f / 1.4 G (announcement) [2022, black, BHphotovideo]
  3. Sony 16 mm f/2.8 (overview) [2010, silver, BHphotovideo]
  4. Sony 20 mm f/2.8 (announcement) [2013, silver, BHphotovideo]
  5. Sony 24 mm f / 1.8 ZEISS ZA (overview) [2011, black, BHphotovideo]
  6. Sony 30 mm f / 3.5 MACRO (overview) [2011, silver, BHphotovideo]
  7. Sony 35 mm f / 1.8 OSS (announcement) [2012, black, BHphotovideo]
  8. Sony 50 mm f / 1.8 OSS (announcement) [2011, black/silver, BHphotovideo]

Zoom Lenses:

  1. Sony 10-18 mm f / 4 OSS (announcement) [2012, black, BHphotovideo]
  2. Sony 10-20 mm f / 4 G PZ (announcement) [2022, black, BHphotovideo]
  3. Sony 16-50 mm f / 3.5-5.6 PZ OSS (overview) [2012, black/silver, BHphotovideo]
  4. Sony 16-50 mm f / 3.5-5.6 PZ OSS II (announcement) [2024, black/silver, BHphotovideo]
  5. Sony 16-55 mm f / 2.8 G (overview) [2019, black, BHphotovideo]
  6. Sony 16-70 mm f / 4 OSS ZEISS ZA (overview) [2013, black, BHphotovideo]
  7. Sony 18-50 mm f/4-5.6 (overview) [2014, black]
  8. Sony 18-55 mm f / 3.5-5.6 OSS (overview) [2010, black/silver, BHphotovideo]
  9. Sony 18-105 mm f / 4 G PZ OSS (overview) [2013, black, BHphotovideo]
  10. Sony 18-110 mm f / 4 G PZ OSS (announcement) [2016, black, BHphotovideo]
  11. Sony 18-135 mm f / 3.5-5.6 OSS (overview) [2018, black, BHphotovideo]
  12. Sony 18-200 mm f / 3.5-6.3 OSS (overview) [2010, silver, BHphotovideo]
  13. Sony 18-200 mm f / 3.5-6.3 OSS LE (overview) [2012, black, BHphotovideo]
  14. Sony 18-200 mm f / 3.5-6.3 PZ OSS (announcement) [2012, black, BHphotovideo]
  15. Sony 55-210 mm f / 4.5-6.3 OSS (announcement) [2011, black/silver, BHphotovideo]
  16. Sony 70-350 mm f/4.5–6.3 G OSS (announcement) [2019, black, BHphotovideo]

Third-party autofocus lenses for Sony E APS-C:

Many interesting manual solutions are provided by Chinese manufacturers and brands. 7Artisans, TTartisan, Meike, Neewer, PerGear, Kamlan, Brightin star, Mitakon Zhongyi, Venus laowaFujian, ARTRALABAstrHori other. Autofocus Speed ​​Boosters are also interesting Viltrox Canon EF -> Sony E 0.71X и Metabones Canon EF -> Sony E 0.71X... List of full-frame cameras and lenses Sony FE (Full Frame E) here

Video review


Price

Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye costs around $150. The easiest way to buy Meike 7.5/2.8 Fish-Eye on Aliexpress using this link or Meike official website.

Results

Meike 7.5 / 2.8 Fish-Eye is a modern fisheye for mirrorless cropped cameras of various systems. Good value for money. The optical lens is good. One of the best such solutions.

10 main advantages

  1. low price tag (total about 150 dollars)
  2. lens body is completely made of metal
  3. beautiful box that comes with the lens
  4. compact sizes
  5. virtually internal focus
  6. smooth focus ring
  7. easy to get a 14-point star effect (important for wide angle lenses)
  8. the lens is available for most popular cropped systems
  9. good sharpness across the entire field of the frame already at f / 2.8
  10. low chromatic aberration

10 main disadvantages

  1. no CPU pins to form the correct EXIF
  2. minimum aperture only f/16 (many have f/22-f/32)
  3. the front cap is easy to lose and slides off the lens barrel easily
  4. only 7 aperture blades
  5. non-removable hood (very useful for use on full-frame cameras as a circular fisheye)
  6. small step at the focus ring
  7. the aperture control ring is narrow enough and close to the camera mount
  8. there is no lens profile for popular RAW converters, the lens is not 'hardwired' into modern cameras
  9. noticeable glare in the backlight is possible
  10. most likely a copy of an older one 7Artisans 7.5mm 1: 2.8 FISH-EYE MARK II

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Comments: 8, on the topic: Review MEIKE 7.5mm F1: 2.8 FISH-EYE

  • Victor

    Yes, judging by the nature of the highlights, this is 7art 7.5 / 2.8 II. Just such a one is on the way by mail now, and it is for sony e.

    By the way, the mirror 8mm samyang glare is much less.

    • Victor

      nex f3

  • Stanislav

    If it is produced and bought, then someone needs it. But what is the practical meaning of such optics? In "creativity"? So a conditional alteration of the lens from an enlarger / door eye / tank, and then it will be more interesting.

    • Victor

      If they release it, then there is a demand.

      If it’s easier for you to remake the peephole (and at the same time get a picture at least not worse) - remake it.

      If you do not need such optics, this does not mean that no one needs it.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      fisheye are common and sought-after lenses. the same 7Artisans fish-eye is the best-selling in their line.
      This is an easy way to get an ultra-wide angle, which is very popular, for example, for creating panoramas.
      By the way, come on, what is there, show us all a door peephole that will shoot no worse than this Make on APS-C mirrorless cameras.

      • Stanislav

        I compared the use of this lens in “creativity” with reworking and using it is not clear what for a photo. Is Rodion Eshmakov doing this?
        And to create panoramas, there are tilt-shift lenses, and if you need a wide angle, normal wide-angle lenses.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          again, let's not be shy, show the peephole that shoots like that.
          By the way, here's here panorama on a similar fisheye. Will it be possible on tilt? Anyway, tilt is a bit different. In general, I see that there is a misunderstanding of what fisheye is and why it is needed :)

        • Victor

          “There are tilt-shift lenses for creating panoramas”

          LOL

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